Introducing New Spruce Upholstery Classes!

Last month, we wrapped up our 2012 classes and gave our students a winter break to get ready for the holidays and rest up for next year’s projects.  In class, we are frequently asked, “Do you offer a class that lasts a bit longer, where I can tackle bigger projects?” So many of our students…

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Meet The New “Sprucer”!

Let us introduce you to our new addition – master upholsterer and craftsman in our trade – Frank Barnhouse! What can I say? Frank can upholster circles around me. In this short week with Frank, I have learned that he has many years of craft under his belt, learning the trade in Germany at a…

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Confessions of an Upholstery Fledgling: How Things Have Changed

Changing jobs is always a big transition, especially when you go from an office job to physical trade work as an upholsterer. Now in my fourth month of work at Spruce, I feel very comfortable in the new environment and can look back on my old job with a sense of humor about how things…

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Confessions of an Upholstery Fledgling

So it finally happened. I knew it would eventually as it has happened to all the other girls here at Spruce. And it is only fitting that my “initiation” into upholstery would happen only three days after my apprenticeship ended and midway through my first week of real production. I stapled my finger. This was…

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Confessions of an Upholstery Apprentice 1

Tessa Cooper as her sugar paste self CONFESSION #1 So after six years of working in public relations, event planning and production, and finally advertising, I found myself not really liking the marketing world. Oddly, it took doing what my degree was in, advertising, to realizing this line of work was not for me. I…

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